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FANUC M-3iA Food Grade Robot Picks Cookies


In this application case study of a FANUC food grade robot, a FANUC M-3iA/6A 6-axis robot uses iRVision Visual Tracking to locate randomly-oriented cookies on an infeed conveyor. The cookies are then picked and placed into a slotted magazine at 90 degree angles.

The M-3iA robot's unique design makes it possible to automate the assembly of a variety of applications that could not be done with traditional SCARA type robots. The extreme flexibility offered by the three-axis wrist enables the robot to pick up and insert parts at simple or compound angles, and twist parts into place.

Learn more about FANUC Robotics' full line of Food Grade Robots.


Key Technology Demonstrated


M-3iA Robot

  • Available in a 4-axis or 6-axis designs
  • iRVision and FANUC force control are supported on both models
  • Unique parallel-link design maximizes speed and acceleration
  • Higher speed and acceleration reduces number of robots needed for an application, condensing overall footprint of a manufacturing system
  • Six-axis design (three-axis wrist) enables part feeding from the sides of a work zone, increasing the useable workspace
  • Four-axis design (single-axis wrist) moves parts at extremely high speeds
  • Food option with food-grade grease features a special coating to handle acid and alkaline disinfectants, and low-pressure rinsing
  • Ability to work with primary (unpackaged) or secondary (packaged) food products

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